Schlagwort-Archive: SAR

Bulgaria’s government approved changes for a restricted movement regime

Last week, changes were approved by the Bulgarian government to the statute of the national refugee agency of Bulgaria. Basically, the changes will restrict the movement of asylum seekers in the open centers of the State Agency for Refugees (SAR) … Weiterlesen

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Bulgaria: Still going to be a poor guardian of European’s External Borders

At the beginning of May 2016, Sofia and Ankara signed a protocol about returning migrants from Bulgaria back to Turkey from June the 1st, who crossed the border in an “illegal“ way. Since this protocol was never released, it is not clear … Weiterlesen

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Voenna Rampa: Living on the margins of society

The recent statement of the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, reported by the Focus News Agency that the situation in the Bulgarian refugee camps is perfect, can still not be confirmed. Today, poor living conditions are an ongoing issue in virtually all … Weiterlesen

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Ministry of Interior searches new space for refugee camps

Recently, talks about accommodating refugees in a 200 square meters big old military barracks in Kresna (Blagoevgrad Province) triggered a large, and in some cases xenophobic, protest on the 21st of March, held by Bulgarian citizens in Kresna. About a thousand … Weiterlesen

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The EU/Turkey-agreement and (possible) effects on Bulgaria

As the EU-Turkey agreement came into effect on today, the 20th March 2016, there could again emerge a tremendous change of the main route, that people use to move towards Western Europe. Greece will turn literally into a detention zone and many migrants will … Weiterlesen

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Ovcha-Kupel: A place of broken dreams

When Serbia recently started to deport refugees to Bulgaria, some of them stranded in the Reception Center for Asylum Seekers in Sofia/Ovcha Kupel. Jamal Anjuman*, who recently made it through the border to Serbia, but was deported by Serbian border police to the … Weiterlesen

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Head of SAR dismissed / Bulgaria was warned to tighten its border control / Refugee Hunters at the border

On the 22nd of February 2016, the government dismissed Nikola Kazakov, the chairman of the (SAR) State Agency for Refugees, and filled the position with Kircho Kirov (a former director of the National Intelligence Service). Kazakov was fired because of “irregularities” in spending money on … Weiterlesen

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No free breakfast for asylum-seekers in Bulgaria

Just until recently, asylum-seekers in Bulgaria received 65 BGN (33EUR) a month  as part of the state’s social welfare designated to people in need. We are worried to learn however, that even this moderate social provision will be taken away from … Weiterlesen

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Report now available in German translation

We are glad to inform you, that our new report is available in German language under the heading „Gefangen in Europas Morast: Die Situation von Asylsuchenden und Flüchtlingen in Bulgarien“ is published. You can download the German Version here. Update: See as well the Vice News episode … Weiterlesen

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Excessive police violence in Voenna Rampa, Sofia

A video, published by Bulgarian National Television, shows police men beating an asylum-seeker in the camp in Voenna Rampa, Sofia. The incident has taken place on July 30th 2014, when a group of asylum-seekers protested their removal from the camp in Sofia … Weiterlesen

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